Peace by P.E.A.C.E. Festival Set for April 8

An annual festival sponsored by Peace By P.E.A.C.E., a Yale undergraduate community service organization operating in affiliation with Dwight Hall, will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peace By P.E.A.C.E (Playful Explorations in Active Conflict Education) is implementing a 10-session curriculum centered on cooperative games, role-playing, and group discussion. The organization explores topics of conflict resolution with New Haven sixth graders.

Begun at the University of Connecticut as PeaceGames, the program subsequently made its way to Harvard, Yale and Columbia. Yale students began teaching the curriculum in 1993, becoming Peace By P.E.A.C.E in 1999, in affiliation with programs in New York City, Baltimore, and Toronto. This year, the program is being taught to over 200 students at Fair Haven, Jackie Robinson and Hamden middle schools.

Every year, the curriculum culminates with a festival. Students who participated in Peace By P.E.A.C.E. are welcome to attend an all-day affair on the Yale campus. There, they will be treated to food, fun and workshops taught by an assortment of Yale organizations, from the basketball team to a cappella groups. The day also includes a welcoming assembly of all the students and teachers, during which a keynote address is given by a local personality.

This year, the keynote speaker is Carla Yarbrough, Director of Special Programs and Community Outreach for WTNH, News Channel 8. Workshops will be led by various groups including the childrenUs creative writing teachers of Splatter, the folk music group Tangle Up in Blue, improvisation troupes Just Add Water and EX!T Players, Yale dancers and Yale Children’s Theatre.

Closing ceremonies will feature performances by Tangled Up In Blue and one of Yale’s a cappella groups, Mixed Company. The festival’s goal is to serve as an enjoyable and constructive way for students to celebrate their participation in Peace By P.E.A.C.E. and to put to use the skills they have learned in the classroom.